Cortlandt Wilson,  Technical Writer

Mountain View, California     (650) 966-8555


Extensive experience as a systems analyst and programmer with a variety of business applications. Consultant for a manufacturing-centric ERP system. Customer, technical, and marketing documentation. A programmer who also likes to write for people.

Writing Projects

  • Technical marketing literature for DataSelf, a business intelligence package.
  • Marketing brochure for DataSelf written from notes and interviews of marketing staff.
  • First release documentation for Edix/3000, an EDI application interface for MANMAN. Designed the document structure, which is still in use. Interviewed the developer, read the code, and ran the programs in order to determine and verify functionality.
  • Author of the HP MANMAN Resources Guide, an online directory and review of third party software designed to work with ASK MANMAN.
  • Installation notes for configuring the manufacturing and MRP module of ASK MANMAN.
  • Marketing descriptions and installation instructions for a PC security device.

Writing for Publication

Paid articles for the 3000 Newswire. (Samples)

Conference papers and tutorials (partial list):
· A Practical Guide to Formal Methods and Relational Theory
· UDMS Order of Execution and Internals
· Software Ethics is More Than What You Don’t Do
· Black Arts  & Engineering : What We Really Know About Software

Tools and Languages

Authoring:  Adobe FrameMaker, Microsoft Word, Open Office Writer.

Languages:  Java, Cobol, Fortran, Cognos Powerhouse and Impromptu, SQL, C++.

Platforms:  HP e3000 MPEiX (POSIX), Microsoft Windows, Unix, CDC Cyber, Burroughs.

Employment History

Cortlandt Software,  1991 -- present
Consulting and programming services to users of ASK MANMAN. MANMAN is a first generation ERP system for discrete manufacturing. Projects required extensive interviewing of subject matter experts and reverse engineering of existing systems.

Designed and wrote a server side JAVA based searchable directory of skills for HP. The public side of the website matched HP e3000 consultants to client needs via a formatted database search. A password secured area allowed consultants to enter and maintain their own listings. The application was based on the Enhydra API.

ASK Computer Systems,   1988 -- 1990
Programmer/Analyst for ASK’s internal IT operations.

Pertain Systems (now Quintessential School Systems,   1985 -- 1988
Customized systems analysis and programming for major K-12, public school clients.

San Francisco State University,  1982 -- 1995
Programmer/Analyst for the Department of Extended Education.

International Diamond Corporation,  1980 -- 1982
Designed and programmed sales and financial applications.


Certificate program in Technical Writing and Communication in progress,
High Productivity Teams, Software Quality & Testing, Principles of Software Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz Extension.

System Engineering, Engineering Project Management and Leadership, Project Business Management; Center for Systems Management/University of California Santa Cruz Extension, 1990 -- 1992.

Core requirements for the B.S. in Business Analysis and Computing Systems, San Francisco State University, 1983 -- 1988.

Certificate in Business Data Processing, Santa Rosa Jr. College, 1980.

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